I have always believed in data-based bee management: Gather whatever information you can find and then make decisions based on what you learned. For varroa mites, this means taking samples, counting mites, and deciding on a strategy. Perhaps this is an old-fashioned idea, dating back ten years when some mite counts actually came out low—low […] Read more
They fly. They drive. They walk. In every bustling city and placid backwater of America, friends and family gather for Thanksgiving dinner. Over steaming heaps of stuffed turkey and mashed potatoes dripping with gravy, they all talk at once, sharing accomplishments, dreams, and plans. The mesmerizing scent of sage, rosemary, and thyme compete with the […] Read more
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Just the thought of honey bees and zinc toxicity makes you all squirmy and anxious, right? Such a nail-biter of a topic is hard to resist, but here’s the spoiler: I don’t have an answer. Still, it’s a good question and I will explain why. How is zinc toxic? But first, a few words about […] Read more
What should you do when something comes between you and your honey bees? Perhaps something like a walker or wheelchair? Well, if you are creative and innovative, you might discover the perfect solution — one that works for you and pleases your bees. Master beekeeper Naomi Price of Prineville, Oregon did exactly that. Living with […] Read more
Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t have a question about their “honey cone.” How should they store it or eat it or clean it? How can they sell it or save it or reuse it? I always wondered where this spelling variation came from. I used to think it was a simple typo […] Read more
Gill Jacobson sent us this photo of his wife’s close-knit family of bees. Both Gill and Jane are advocates for bee conservation, and Jane is seldom seen without her “Save the Bees” medallion. Jane found the instructions for her project in a knitting magazine and decided to send one bee to each of their children […] Read more